We’ve been all over!

The last few months have disappeared like tire tracks on a windy day on the many snow covered roads that we’ve trudged down.  Carrie and I have been driving all over the western United States while filming for A Movement of Movement.  Every time I travel for a significant period of time, I am reminded of a certain peculiarity of life on the road.  It’s not where you go, but rather the people you meet while you’re there that makes the biggest impact on you.  We have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people in the last 2 months, and I want to say thanks to each of those people.  You have made our life on the road meaningful and fulfilling.  It isn’t always easy to live out of a suitcase, but encountering great people always makes it better.

I’ll be home for a week and then it’s back to the road.  How long will I be out there?  As long as it takes.

I hope to see you there.

A71A9478Mark

 

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We are filming

Carrie and I just got back from Las Vegas, NV where we were shooting for A Movement of Movement.  Production has been great but we still need your help! Click here to make a contribution to the fundraising campaign.

From the desert to the runway

From the desert to the runway.  I tried to think of a witty quote to open with but this is all that came out.  Last week I traveled with Burning Torch Productions from the high altitudes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains to the debts of Canyonlands National Park in Utah and to the 2012 Runway Show in southwestern Wyoming.  Looking over the pictures, I’m realizing just how diverse the week really was.  When you put snow next to sunbaked desert soil, the snow feels colder than ever and the soil seems that much hotter.  When you wander through the most desolate wilderness in the lower 48 and then go to a fashion show, the solitude of the wilderness is the purest you’ve ever felt and the people of the fashion show are the most inspiring.  The power of film is in the tool of juxtaposition.  ImagePlacing diverse images side by side brings a sense of power that can’t be experienced any other way.   Capturing and compiling these images is my passion.  The diversity of everyday life is one of the only true beauties we can experience.  Everything else slowly fades and becomes average.

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I would characterize myself as an adventure filmmaker.  It has taken me to the far corners of the earth to capture some of the most obscure and intense moments.  Balancing “getting the shot” and my safety is more or less a common equation in my daily life.  One might ask, how could the excitement of this ever fade?  It doesn’t fade.  It just loses perspective.  Sometimes you have to juxtapose experiences in your own life rather than just watching them on the screen.  My method to bring back perspective into my daily life is by diversifying how I can experience my passion.  Shooting extreme sports isn’t my passion.  Shooting life is my passion.  This past weekend I shot a fashion show.  The excitement and energy surrounding the event was incredible.  Shooting high fashion and glamour has always been part of my excitement towards filmmaking, but juxtaposing it with shooting the loneliness of the desert or the risk of extreme sports makes it one of the most exciting things on earth. Here’s short clip to give you an idea of what it was like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWlLL2DJxic

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3 different things to do in Wyoming

In the winter….

—I’ve decided to let a friend, Royer C., write a few guest posts to keep things interesting while I’m busy working on projects.  He has a slightly dry sense of          humor so take everything with a grain of salt and enjoy!

Mark            –

If you’re from Wyoming then I’m sure you have had this experience.

If you’re not from Wyoming then you’re probably wondering where it is.  I would give you directions but it wouldn’t really make sense unless I knew which way you were coming from.  So just take my word for it, Wyoming exists, just like Timbuktu and Transylvania.

This is how it usually goes down.  A Non-Wyomingite meets a Wyomingite.

The Non-Wyomingite says, “So what do you do there?”

Wyomingite- “Umm, well.. aaaa, there’s lots of cool things like…”

And then you’re put on the spot.  What do you say? What is there to do here, especially in the winter?  Rather than coming up with some outlandish ideas about what you could do here that no one would believe anyway, I’m just going to show you a few pictures, compliments of Mark, about what people actually do here.

Attend a fight night at your local drinking establishment.  This is always exciting and offers great family entertainment for all ages (over 21 or sometimes 18).

Watch as the snow piles up and make bets on how many people will get stuck in the parking lot after fight night.

Watch as a local building is demolished and compare the hits from the wrecking ball to last nights hits in the bar fight that erupted after fight night.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas on how to spend your time or what to say the next time an outsider asks you, “so what do you do there?”

–Royer C.

Thanks

It’s that time of the year. Everyone is traveling, spending time with family, and busy with the holidays. Burning Torch Productions would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season, and say thanks for all of your support. We have been traveling a bit ourselves, about 3000 miles so far. Carrie and I have traveled by train, bus, and car in our most recent adventure to the Pacific Northwest. Everything is finally starting to make sense. Having a large amount of the filming done, I have decided to dedicate a number of blogs to writing about the people who I have met on my travels. The list spans from energy industry workers to drifters on the street. There is an entire story alone about the people I have encountered. Make sure to check back to get a glimpse into the lives of some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met.

In the meantime, enjoy the holidays and stay warm! Here’s a picture that hopefully brings a chuckle to your day. Whoever said making movies couldn’t be fun?

Mark jumps on down to Phoenix with Carrie